I'm bumping this Thanksgiving thread, which originally was posted Nov. 10.
We published recipes today from local chefs for a dressed-up Thanksgiving dinner. Read the story at www.thenewstribune.com/thanksgiving. My favorite dishes were the pumpkin bread pudding from Thad Lyman of Brix 25, and the pear-cranberry crisp from Danielle Kartes at Minoela. Both will add impressive flavors to your Thanksgiving dinner. And here's a great new resource for locally sourcing your Thanksgiving dinner: www.piercecountywa.org/eatlocal
As I was in the middle of the cooking flurry of recipe testing, I was reminded why it is that people dine out on Thanksgiving. So, for all of you "I don't wanna cook!" people, click "more" for a list of restaurants serving dinner. We've been compiling the list since last week and will continue to add more as we find restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving dinners served at these restaurants on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 26.
Pacific GrillWhere: 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma Time: 2 p.m.-7 p.m. A prix-fixe menu will be served. Make reservations. Price: $34.95 adults; $15.95 children 12 and younger. Contact: 253-627-3535 or visit www.pacificgrilltacoma.com. Menu: Appetizers include a relish tray and cream of celery soup or holiday beet salad. Entrees are a beef brisket pot roast, petrale sole, a Thanksgiving dinner plate or Thanksgiving vegetable Wellington. Dessert is pumpkin mousse, olive oil crème brûlée, warm apple & pear crisp or chocolate cake.
Babblin' Babs BistroWhere: 2724 N. Proctor St., Tacoma Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Thanksgiving day. Reservations required.Price: $55.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity)Contact: 253-761-9099 or visit http://babblinbabs.com. Menu: Babblin' Babs will have a turkey-free menu. A five-course meal comes with your choice of one main entrée. Entrees include Babs Land & Sea Combo (sirloin with crab), spicy blackberry glazed duck breast, champagne gratin aux fruits de mer.
National Park Inn, Mount Rainier National ParkTime: Noon-7 p.m. A holiday buffet will be served. Reservations suggested.Price: $19.95 for adults; $10.95 for children (10 and under)Contact: 360-569-2411Menu: Entrees are herb roasted turkey with cranberry pine nut stuffingand traditional sage dressing, or baron of beef. Vegetables include wild mushrooms and green beans, fresh seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes with marshmallows. There will be a choice of soup or salad. Desserts will be peach bread pudding, pumpkin pie or blackberry cobbler. Knapp’sWhere: 2707 N. Proctor St., Tacoma Time: Noon-6 p.m. A prix-fixe menu will be served. Reservations suggested, walk ins welcome and to go.Price: $17.99 for adults; $7.95 for children 12 and youngerContact: 253-759-9009Menu: New this year will be the rotesserie-cooked fresh whole turkey and prime rib. Diners also can choose honey-baked ham. The menu also includes mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, fresh mixed vegetables. Diners will have a choice of soup or salad. Dessert will be traditional pumpkin pie.
C.I. Shenanigans TacomaWhere: 3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Buffet served. Reservations required.Price: $27.99 adults; $23.99 seniors; $12.99 children, plus tax and gratuity.Contact: 253-752-8811; cishenanigans.comMenu: Traditional Thanksgiving and seafood buffet, including turkey, roast beef, ham, crab legs, oysters, clams, mussels, salmon, salads, 20 kinds of desserts.
Lobster Shop at Dash PointWhere: 6912 Soundview Drive N.E., TacomaTime: 1:30-6 p.m. Reservations required.Price: Most entrees, not including lobster, are $23 to $29; plus tax and gratuity. Salads, side dishes, desserts are separate.Contact: 253-927-1513; www.lobstershop.comMenu: Menu favorites, including turkey dinner, Australian rock lobster, King crab legs, salmon. Desserts include pumpkin pie and Olympic Mountain Ice Creamery specialty flavors such as peppermint candy, spiced pear sorbet, molasses gingerbread.
Lobster Shop at Commencement BayWhere: 4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reservations recommended.Price: $29.95 adults; $24.95 seniors; $15.95 children 6 to 12; 5 and under are free. Plus tax and gratuity. Contact: 253-759-2165; www.lobstershop.comMenu: Buffet including turkey, ham, prime rib, cedar plank salmon, potato-crusted cod, oven baked chicken dijon, smoked salmon, seafood cakes, prawns, seven types of salad, candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, sage stuffing, rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables, glazed carrots, cranberry relish, butterflake rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, crème brulee, and chocolate mousse.
Stanley & Seafort’sWhere: 115 E. 34th St., Tacoma Time: noon-8 p.m. Reservations recommended, very few spaces left. Price: The meal is a sit-down service and entrees range from $18-$39. Contact: 253-473-7300 or stanleyandseaforts.comMenu: Prime rib ($32), filet mignon ($39), Kobe meatloaf wrapped in pepper bacon ($18). For a traditional Thanksgiving meal, a free-range turkey dinner will be served with apple-sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet glazed vegetables, fresh cranberry relish, and housemade turkey gravy ($24).
Gateway Cottage Where: 124 146th St. S., TacomaTime: noon-7 p.m. Reservations recommended. Price: The meal is a sit-down service with three meal choices. Prices are $22.95-$24.95Contact: 253-536-8100 or http://www.gatewaycottage.com/Menu: A sit-down dinner with a fixed menu. Diners can select from three meals, a turkey dinner $22.95), ham dinner ($22.95) or a prime rib dinner ($24.95). Dinners come with sides. Desserts are extra.
Ram Restaurant and Brewery Tacoma Where: 3001 Ruston Way, TacomaTime: Noon-8 p.m. Reservations not required.Price: Turkey dinner and trimmings plate: $15.99 for adults; $6.99 children 12 and younger, plus tax.Contact: 253-756-7886; www.theram.comMenu: Regular Ram menu plus turkey dinner and trimmings plate.
Ram Restaurant and Brewery LakewoodWhere: 10019 59th Ave. SW., LakewoodTime: Noon to 8 p.m. Reservations not required.Price: To be announced.Contact: 253-584-3191; www.theram.comMenu: Special menu to be announced.
Mandolin CafeWhere: 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Price: Adults $16, kids $8Contact: 253-761-3482 or http://themandolincafe.comMenu: A menu posted at the cash register indicated a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Call the restaurant for more details.
The HomesteadWhere: 7837 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma Time: 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Price: $16.95 for a complete meal and dessert. Contact: 253-475-3252Menu: Homestyle, traditional ham or turkey dinners with traditional sides and dessert.
CLOSED RESTAURANTS: The following restaurants have been confirmed closed for Thanksgiving. Primo Grill, Asado, Masa, Minoela, Merende, Maxwell's, The Hub, The Harmon, El Gaucho, The Bite at Hotel Murano, Duke's Chowder House, Katie Downs, Anthony's restaurants, Harbor Lights, Carr's, Marzano, Hungry Goose Bistro, Toscanos, Mama Stortini's, Charlie's, The Ram Sunrise Village, Brix 25.
FREE DINNER: The Emergency Food Network will have its annual Thanksgiving feast from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving day at the Landmark Convention Center Temple Theater. According to the network, "Emergency Food Network's annual community dinner is a feast for those in need, with a free holiday meal provided to all who attend." More info here. To donate to the network, call 253-584-1040.
FOOD BANK INFO: TNT reporter Mike Archbold wrote this story about food banks helping those in need during the holidays.
News Tribune staffers Jeffrey P. Mayor and Debby Abe contributed to this report.